1The history of Nehemiah, the son of Hacaliah. Now it came about, in the month Chislev, in the twentieth year, when I was in Shushan, the king’s town,
2That Hanani, one of my brothers, came with certain men from Judah; and in answer to my request for news of the Jews who had been prisoners and had got away, and of Jerusalem,
3They said to me, The small band of Jews now living there in the land are in great trouble and shame: the wall of Jerusalem has been broken down, and its doorways burned with fire.
4Then, after hearing these words, for some days I gave myself up to weeping and sorrow, seated on the earth; and taking no food I made prayer to the God of heaven,
5And said, O Lord, the God of heaven, the great God, greatly to be feared, keeping faith and mercy with those who have love for him and are true to his laws:
6Let your ear now take note and let your eyes be open, so that you may give ear to the prayer of your servant, which I make before you at this time, day and night, for the children of Israel, your servants, while I put before you the sins of the children of Israel, which we have done against you: truly, I and my father’s people are sinners.
7We have done great wrong against you, and have not kept the orders, the rules, and the decisions, which you gave to your servant Moses.
8Keep in mind, O Lord, the order you gave your servant Moses, saying, If you do wrong I will send you wandering among the peoples:
9But if you come back to me and keep my orders and do them, even if those of you who have been forced out are living in the farthest parts of heaven, I will get them from there, and take them back to the place marked out by me for the resting-place of my name.
10Now these are your servants and your people, whom you have made yours by your great power and by your strong hand.
11O Lord, let your ear take note of the prayer of your servant, and of the prayers of your servants, who take delight in worshipping your name: give help, O Lord, to your servant this day, and let him have mercy in the eyes of this man. (Now I was the king’s wine-servant.)
1And it came about in the month Nisan, in the twentieth year of Artaxerxes the king, when wine was before him, that I took up the wine and gave it to the king. Now I had never before been sad when the king was present.
2And the king said to me, Why is your face sad, seeing that you are not ill? this is nothing but sorrow of heart. Then I was full of fear;
3And said to the king, May the king be living for ever: is it not natural for my face to be sad, when the town, the place where the bodies of my fathers are at rest, has been made waste and its doorways burned with fire?
4Then the king said to me, What is your desire? So I made prayer to the God of heaven.
5And I said to the king, If it is the king’s pleasure, and if your servant has your approval, send me to Judah, to the town where the bodies of my fathers are at rest, so that I may take in hand the building of it.
6And the king said to me (the queen being seated by his side), How long will your journey take, and when will you come back? So the king was pleased to send me, and I gave him a fixed time.
7Further, I said to the king, If it is the king’s pleasure, let letters be given to me for the rulers across the river, so that they may let me go through till I come to Judah;
8And a letter to Asaph, the keeper of the king’s park, so that he may give me wood to make boards for the doors of the tower of the house, and for the wall of the town, and for the house which is to be mine. And the king gave me this, for the hand of my God was on me.
9Then I came to the rulers of the lands across the river and gave them the king’s letters. Now the king had sent with me captains of the army and horsemen.
10And Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite, hearing of it, were greatly troubled because a man had come to the help of the children of Israel.
11So I came to Jerusalem and was there three days.
12And in the night I got up, taking with me a small band of men; I said nothing to any man of what God had put into my heart to do for Jerusalem: and I had no beast with me but the one on which I was seated.
13And I went out by night, through the doorway of the valley, and past the dragon’s water-spring as far as the place where waste material was put, viewing the walls of Jerusalem which were broken down, and the doorways which had been burned with fire.
14Then I went on to the door of the fountain and to the king’s pool: but there was no room for my beast to get through.
15Then in the night, I went up by the stream, viewing the wall; then turning back, I went in by the door in the valley, and so came back.
16And the chiefs had no knowledge of where I had been or what I was doing; and I had not then said anything to the Jews or to the priests or the great ones or the chiefs or the rest of those who were doing the work.
17Then I said to them, You see what a bad condition we are in; how Jerusalem is a waste, and its doorways burned with fire: come, let us get to work, building up the wall of Jerusalem, so that we may no longer be put to shame.
18Then I gave them an account of how the hand of my God was on me, helping me; and of the king’s words which he had said to me. And they said, Let us get to work on the building. So they made their hands strong for the good work.
19But Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite, and Geshem the Arabian, hearing of it, made sport of us, laughing at us and saying, What are you doing? will you go against the king?
20Then answering them I said, The God of heaven, he will be our help; so we his servants will go on with our building: but you have no part or right or any name in Jerusalem.
1O make a new song to the Lord; let all the earth make melody to the Lord.
2Make songs to the Lord, blessing his name; give the good news of his salvation day by day.
3Make clear his glory to the nations, and his wonders to all the peoples.
4For the Lord is great, and greatly to be praised; he is more to be feared than all other gods.
5For all the gods of the nations are false gods; but the Lord made the heavens.
6Honour and glory are before him: strong and fair is his holy place.
7Give to the Lord, O you families of the peoples, give to the Lord glory and strength.
8Give to the Lord the glory of his name; take with you an offering and come into his house.
9O give worship to the Lord in holy robes; be in fear before him, all the earth.
10Say among the nations, The Lord is King; yes, the world is ordered so that it may not be moved; he will be an upright judge of the peoples.
11Let the heavens have joy and the earth be glad; let the sea be thundering with all its waters;
12Let the field be glad, and everything which is in it; yes, let all the trees of the wood be sounding with joy,
13Before the Lord, for he is come; he is come to be the judge of the earth; the earth will be judged in righteousness, and the peoples with unchanging faith.
Revelation of John 1
1The Revelation of Jesus Christ which God gave him so that his servants might have knowledge of the things which will quickly take place: and he sent and made it clear by his angel to his servant John;
2Who gave witness of the word of God, and of the witness of Jesus Christ, even of all the things which he saw.
3A blessing be on the reader, and on those who give ear to the prophet’s words, and keep the things which he has put in the book: for the time is near.
4John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace to you and peace, from him who is and was and is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his high seat;
5And from Jesus Christ, the true witness, the first to come back from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who had love for us and has made us clean from our sins by his blood;
6And has made us to be a kingdom and priests to his God and Father; to him let glory and power be given for ever and ever. So be it.
7See, he comes with the clouds, and every eye will see him, and those by whom he was wounded; and all the tribes of the earth will be sorrowing because of him. Yes, so be it.
8I am the First and the Last, says the Lord God who is and was and is to come, the Ruler of all.
9I, John, your brother, who have a part with you in the trouble and the kingdom and the quiet strength of Jesus, was in the island which is named Patmos, for the word of God and the witness of Jesus.
10I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and a great voice at my back, as of a horn, came to my ears,
11Saying, What you see, put in a book, and send it to the seven churches; to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamos and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.
12And turning to see the voice which said these words to me, I saw seven gold vessels with lights burning in them;
13And in the middle of them one like a son of man, clothed with a robe down to his feet, and with a band of gold round his breasts.
14And his head and his hair were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;
15And his feet like polished brass, as if it had been burned in a fire; and his voice was as the sound of great waters.
16And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword: and his face was like the sun shining in its strength.
17And when I saw him, I went down on my face at his feet as one dead. And he put his right hand on me, saying, Have no fear; I am the first and the last and the Living one;
18And I was dead, and see, I am living for ever, and I have the keys of death and of Hell.
19Put in writing, then, the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will be after these;
20The secret of the seven stars which you saw in my right hand, and of the seven gold vessels with burning lights. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven lights are the seven churches.